Ryland Aldrich
Festivals Editor; Los Angeles, California

Ryland is a filmmaker and freelance writer based in sunny Los Angeles. He has been contributing to Twitch since 2009 and covering the festival beat as Festivals Editor since 2011. He writes on topics from sports to politics to tech at enderzero.net and spends the rest of his time on twitter at @RylandAldrich.

Toronto 2014 Review: Jennifer Aniston Bares Her Soul In CAKE

"I hope you're ready to be depressed," whispered the person sitting next to me to no one in particular as the opening frames of Cake started to roll. Indeed, director Daniel Barnz's film about a woman confronting debilitating pain, drug... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Winterbottom's THE FACE OF AN ANGEL Is A Meta-Narrative Thriller That Works

It's a dangerous thing to make a movie about making a movie. It's even more dangerous when the movie is about the writing process for the very movie the audience is watching. Not only is the meta-narrative difficult to pull... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Jason Reitman Weaves An Ambitious, Enjoyable Tapestry In MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN

Jason Reitman is having an identity crisis. As one of the most prolific voices in his generation of filmmakers, Reitman has been a model of consistency, pumping out smart and snarky dramedies every two years from Thank You For Smoking... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Roskam's THE DROP Is A Top Notch Crimer And Fitting Goodbye For Gandolfini

Michael Roskam burst onto the scene three years ago with his Belgian bovine crime drama Bullhead. The film thrilled audiences from Berlin to Fantastic Fest and went on to score a nomination for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. We've been... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Preview: Discovery, Masters, & More

The Toronto International Film Fest 2014 kicks off today! We've got one final preview for you taking a tour through the programs we have yet to cover. If you've been paying attention, we've already discussed Galas & Special Presentations, Midnight... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Preview: TIFF Docs & Contemporary World Cinema

Yesterday we chatted about Midnight & Vanguard and the day previous it was Galas & Special Presentations. Today our preview of the Toronto International Film Fest 2014 marches on with some picks in the Contemporary World Cinema and TIFF Docs... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Preview: Midnight Madness & Vanguard

We're back with part two of our Toronto International Film Fest preview series. Yesterday we walked you through a few of the Galas and Special Presentations. Today we'll take a look at two of the marquee programs: Midnight Madness and... More »
  

Toronto 2014: Exclusive Trailer For Norwegian Comedy OUT OF NATURE

You may think if you've seen one introspective Norwegian inner-monologue nature dramedy, you've seen them all. But Ole Giæver's Out of Nature looks to turn that genre on its head. In all seriousness, this second feature from Giæver (who also... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Preview: Galas & Special Presentations

It's Toronto time yet again and Twitch will be on the scene with our team of reviewers and interviewers getting you all the latest from the diverse array of films making their bows (or North American bows) at the fest.... More »
  

Toronto 2014: Exclusive Trailer For Bulgarian Thriller THE LESSON

What happens when a small-town Bulgarian school-teacher is driven to extreme lengths by loan sharks? A lot of tension, it would appear from this new trailer for Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov's The Lesson making its world premiere in... More »
  

Canadian Feats Added To Toronto 2014 Slate Incl. Astron-6 Midnighter THE EDITOR & Tierney's PREGGOLAND

The Toronto Int'l Film Fest announcements keep coming. This week the fest has dropped a bevy of new features that all come from native daughters and sons of Canada. The films are slotted in among a number of programs and... More »
  

Werner Herzog To Chat Up The Zellners At LA's Sundance Next Fest

Sundance has been up to some very cool things lately - even outside of their marquee January festival. Not the least of which is their Sundance Next Fest taking place August 7-10 in Los Angeles. The fest features six of... More »
  

LA Film Fans! Win Tix to THE GUEST at Sundance Next Fest

If you've been biding your time, waiting for a chance to see Adam Wingard's raucous You're Next follow-up The Guest ahead of its September 17 theatrical release from Picturehouse, then we've got some good news for you. Twitch is giving... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Docu Lineup Announced

Finishing off a big day for the Toronto International Film Fest that included announcements of the fest's Midnight, Vanguard, and Masters slates, the good folks at TIFF also let us know what will be coming up in the Documentaries program... More »
  

Winterbottom, Godard, Hong Sang-soo Anchor Toronto 2014 Masters Lineup

Along with today's Vanguard, Midnight, and Docs announcements, the Toronto International Film Festival also dropped word on their Masters program for the 2014 fest that kicks off September 4. There are some Twitch faves on the nine-film list. We'll get... More »
  

NY's Totally Free Wassaic Project Film Fest Kicks Off This Friday

The hamlet of Wassaic, New York has long been a hub for the artist communities in the Hudson Valley. And for another year, the arts org known as the Wassaic Project is putting on its own film festival. This mini-fest... More »
  

First Teaser for GOD HELP THE GIRL Shows Off Its Film Grain Glory

One of the more buzzy titles at the year's Sundance was Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch's directorial debut God Help the Girl. The good folks at Amplify scooped it up and are bringing it to theaters on September 5.... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014 Review: CUT BANK Balances Expertly On A Razor's Edge Between Thrills And Laughs

It's no easy task to write a crime thriller script that is both tense and comedic. But even when a writer is able to pull it off on the page, an even more difficult task awaits a director to... More »
  

Twitch's Favorite Football Films

After the long four-year wait, today is the day for a new World Cup to kick off. It's a very particular edition for football's major event, as the world's top champion, Brazil, is the host country for the first time since... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014: Twitch Picks 15 Can't Miss Films

LA Film Fest kicks off tonight with the North American premiere of Snowpiercer (yes, finally). And while that film is old news to much of the world, there are quite a few brand spanking new films from this year's crop... More »
  
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